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Penn State Preparing for Texas A&M to Pursue James Franklin

13 Octobre 2017

If Texas A&M decides to make a coaching change, the Aggies could be looking at bringing in a former SEC coach, according to a report.

A vague report from CBS was published Thursday saying Penn State officials are "preparing for A&M to make a run at hiring Franklin should Sumlin and the Aggies part ways".

With his family, including two daughters, settled into the greater State College community, it's hard to imagine Franklin jumping ship for another college football program, especially because of the Nittany Lions' current success and the strength of their next few recruiting classes.

So not only would A&M have to shell out a ton of money just to get rid of Sumlin, they'd also have to give Franklin a sizable raise just to get him to College Station. During the summer, Franklin signed a 3-year extension worth nearly $20 million.

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Penn State head coach James Franklin is now on a recruiting trip in Texas. The Aggies are 4-2 and a week removed from a one-score loss to Alabama; Sumlin's fate is not almost as precarious as it seemed after their opening-week collapse against UCLA.

If A&M wants to poach Franklin from Penn State, the Aggies would have to pay a $2 million buyout for the Langhorne, Pennsylvania native and pay Sumlin the remainder of his six-year, $30 million dollar contract that he signed in 2013.

After a strong start to his tenure, Sumlin's teams have been stuck on eight wins for the last three seasons.

The Aggies are 4-2 overall, 2-1 in conference play heading into this weekend's game at Florida (3-2, 2-1 SEC).

Penn State Preparing for Texas A&M to Pursue James Franklin